So what exactly was that strange “unused” item I found on the top of the cabinet during our kitchen cull on Monday? No one came close at guessing either here or over on Facebook though Dave had the right idea in his comment on the post.
It’s not a juicer, nor a nut grinder, and it doesn’t peel kiwi (really JP – peel kiwis????). So what the heck does it do? I think it’s better to show you than try to put it into words.
Now tell me you don’t just want and need one for your kitchen?
Addendum: My friend Jim in Charlottetown made this interesting comment on FaceBook:
A man after my heart! I have one (family–Bxxxxxxy grandparents who were both born 1884, but likely got it from their parents)) item which is just as easily a head scratcher, if a bit older–all metal, no plastic. I was amazed the day that two near identical items appeared on Antiques Road Show in the ‘what the heck do we have?’ section, and a description of the use and a practical demonstration ensued. It looks fearfully dangerous and arcane like a medieval torture instrument but it has a simple and completely benign use. I must see if I can find it in the warrens and post a picture.
On this day in 1913: The audience at The Vienna Concert Society concert rioted during a performance of modernist music by Arnold Schoenberg, Alban Berg, Alexander von Zemlinsky, and Anton von Webern, causing a premature end to the concert due to violence; this concert became known as the Skandalkonzert.